Fabulously Fertile {Book Review & Giveaway}

If you’re like me, infertility has made you think a lot about nutrition, what you put into your body, and your environment. Making decisions about how to get healthier can be confusing and overwhelming, adding stress when you’re already stressed! It’s helpful when someone can give you a little guidance that nudges you towards better health and a body more primed for fertility.

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That’s why I appreciated Fabulously Fertile: Supercharge Your Fertility Naturally by Sarah Clark. The book is easy-to-read and contains lots of practical ideas that serve as gentle suggestions (not a diet!).   [Read more…]

Lesli’s Infertility Story

Each week I interview someone who has experienced infertility firsthand. Today I’m honored to be interview Lesli Westfall.  Lesli’s website, Dancing Upon Barren Land (DUBL), was one of the first online resources I discovered when I realized we were going to have trouble conceiving. I recently had the opportunity to talk with her on the phone, and I can tell you that she is as delightful and genuine as they come.  Enjoy her interview!

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Q. Tell us a little about yourself.

For starters, I’m happily married to Larry for 25 years now, my college sweetheart. My marriage was a pre-natal arrangement (j/k). Yes, I’m that old, I’ll turn 50 next month. {smiles} I’m loving and living life fully with longing in my heart to still conceive, but without the hurt of infertility.

This is what I do: I lead a non-profit organization, a Christian online ministry for those hurting through infertility, called Dancing Upon Barren Land – Spiritual Nourishment for the Infertility. I lead, with a few volunteers, and help to oversee three Christian infertility support groups for women in the Houston, Texas area called HOPE – Hearts Of Promise & Expectation for Women. I work part-time as a manager at Ronald McDonald House-Houston and own a business teaching cooking and etiquette classes to children. I’m an author and speaker at infertility and adoption conferences. I consult with other churches on how they can start support groups as well. I’m the keeper of my sometimes clean, yet messy home and try to keep up with my husband’s crazy schedule too.

This is my heart: My husband, my home- especially decorating my home. I’m passionate about cooking and eating, gardening and traveling too. My diet is dark chocolate, water and Jesus (not necessarily in that order). I love to write a devotional here and there. Most of all, my heart is for God, women and His Word. I LOVE teaching, praying, inspiring and loving those who are hurting through infertility or loss. Helping women in general, finding God and helping them walk alongside them in the midst of their pain.  [Read more…]

How I Met (and Dumped) My Husband

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I dumped my husband, Tom, after our third date.

It was obvious from the first time I met him that he had a genuine love for God. My best friend’s husband grew up with him and raved about his integrity and his involvement in the community. During our first few dates, I discovered he was also intelligent and fun. He made it clear that he was interested in me and that he wanted to pursue a relationship.

To read the rest of my story, head on over to A Little Wife’s Happy Life

 

 

This post is linked up with Recommendation Saturday // Saturday Soiree

An Adoption Story {National Adoption Day}

Today’s post is a guest post from Tamara at Adoption Mama.  I’m so grateful to her for sharing a little bit about her adoption story.  Enjoy!

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Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? And the 22nd is National Adoption DAY!? My favorite month of the year and my favorite season, too.

I would love to take this chance to tell you a little bit about myself and how my family came to choose adoption.

I am a wife of ten years and a mother of two boys that have a hold on my heart forever and always. Both of our boys we were blessed to adopt almost from birth. When I actually give that some thought it hurts a little to say “ALMOST from birth”. I never got pregnant, don’t have a labor story to share with other women, and the honest truth is that for me I can handle those feelings of loss. Why it hurts so much to say ALMOST from birth is because that means I missed a moment in my children’s lives. But most days that doesn’t come to mind…I push those thoughts away and just praise the Lord I have my arms full with two rambunctious boys that needed me just as much as I needed them.

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I realize this blog is an infertility blog and that adoption may not be the road for you but I loved what Lisa said in a recent post.  She said “I Share My Story Because It Gives My Pain a Purpose.”

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Support Your Fellow IF Bloggers {and the Weekly Link Up}

Can you all believe that the holidays are almost here?  You know what that means- lots of shopping!

I was thinking about Black Friday and Cyber Monday and it occurred to me that they could be used as a means of encouraging and supporting infertility bloggers and people raising funds for treatment or adoption.

Many bloggers and fundraisers use something called Amazon affiliate links to make small commissions from products they recommend.  I often use them when I do book reviews.  The cool thing about Amazon affiliate links is that bloggers get credit for ANY purchase made after clicking on their link.  For example, if you click on a link I posted about a book, but decide to buy another book instead, Amazon will give me a small commission for that other book.  Commissions are very small- usually pennies on the dollar.  But we all know that every cent counts when it comes to treatments and adoptions.

I also want to include bloggers who are fundraising in other ways, like people who are selling Stella & Dot, essential oils, professional services, etc. Basically- if you’re raising funds to build your family and have a link you share- LET ME KNOW! [Read more…]